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  1. Portrait of Maria Elisabeth of Austria by Jan van Orley. Joyous Entry into Brussels of Archduchess Maria Elisabeth on 9 October 1725 by Andreas Martin. Archduchess Maria Elisabeth of Austria (13 December 1680 in Linz – 26 August 1741 in Mariemont, Morlanwelz ), was the governor of the Austrian Netherlands between 1725 and 1741.

  2. Archduchess Maria Elisabeth of Austria (Full name (German): Maria Elisabeth Amalia Antonia Josefa Gabriele Johanna Agathe; 5 February 1737 – 7 June 1740), was the eldest child and daughter of Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria, later Queen of Hungary and Bohemia, and Duke Francis of Lorraine, later Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor

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    Archduchess Maria Elisabeth of Austria was an archduchess of Austria and princess of Tuscany, as the semestral daughter of Empress Maria Theresa and Emperor Francis Stephan. She was an abbess of the Convent for Noble Ladies in Innsbruck from 1780 until 1806.

    Born on 13 August 1743, Maria Elisabeth Josepha Johanna Antonia was the sixth child of Holy Roman Empress Maria Theresa and Holy Roman Emperor Francis Stephen. She was given the customary education of an archduchess during her time, with a focus on accomplishments designed to make her a quintessential consort. Maria Elisabeth was known as "Liesl" w...

    Maria Elisabeth was considered a valuable asset in dynastic marriage negotiations due to her beauty, of which made her a subject of marriage speculations early on. However, many marriage negotiations were denied because of the high expectations of the status of her future groom.

    Maria Elisabeth was appointed canoness of the Convent for Noble Ladies in Innsbruck by her mother. Like her sister Maria Anna, whom had a similar position, she did not in fact live in the convent but continued to share her time with the imperial court at the Hofburg Palace and the Schönbrunn Palace. After the death of her mother Maria Theresa in 17...

    In January 1806 Maria Elisabeth fled from Innsbruck to Vienna and then to Linz, when the province of Tyrol was taken over by Napoleon Bonaparte’s ally—the Kingdom of Bavaria. She spent her last years in Linz, where she died on 22 September 1808, age 65. She was buried in the Jesuit Church of Linz.

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    Archduchess Elisabeth Marie Henriette Stephanie Gisela of Austria was the only child of Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria, and Princess Stéphanie of Belgium. Her father was the son and heir apparent of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria, and her mother was a daughter of King Leopold II of Belgium. She was known to her family as "Erzsi", a diminutive o...

    Archduchess Elisabeth, nicknamed 'Erzsi', was born at Schloss Laxenburg on 2 September 1883 to Crown Prince Rudolf and Stéphanie, daughter of King Leopold II of Belgium. She was named after her grandmothers, Empress Elisabeth of Austria and Queen Marie Henriette of Belgium. Erzsi was Franz Joseph's only grandchild through his son. In 1889, when Erz...

    Elisabeth was considered a potential bride for several princes in Europe; among them was her cousin Prince Albert, heir presumptive to the throne of Belgium. However, King Leopold II vehemently disapproved of Stéphanie's recent morganatic marriage to Count Elemér Lónyay and thus refused to give Albert his permission. Albert's sister Henriette was h...

    Throughout their marriage both Elisabeth and Otto were open in having affairs, most notably the former's liaison with Egon Lerch, an Austrian submarine captain during World War I. Only after the death of Franz Joseph in 1916 and the end of the monarchy in 1918 did the couple officially separate. In 1921 Elisabeth joined the Social Democratic Party,...

    In late 1933 Petznek was arrested and imprisoned by the Austrian government until July 1934. In 1944, he was arrested by the Nazis and sent to Dachau concentration camp until the camp was liberated by the Americans in March 1945. After the war he became the first President of the Austrian Federal Court of Audit. As Elisabeth renounced her official ...

    On her deathbed, she ordered her staff to close her villa against her two surviving children and call for a police detail to secure her belongings until the Ministry of Education could remove them. Only her daughter was allowed to see her for a few moments, in the presence of her servants. She had willed some 500 heirlooms, owned by the Habsburg Im...

  3. Maria Elisabeth, Archduchess of Austria. Copperplate engraving, mid 18th century. Maria Elisabeth (1680–1741) was the elder sister of Emperor Charles VI and daughter of Emperor Leopold I and his third wife Eleonore Magdalena of the Palatinate, whose piety had a determining influence on Maria Elisabeth’s life.

  4. Maria Elisabeth of Austria (February 5, 1737 - June 7, 1740) was the eldest child of Maria Theresa, and Francis of Lorraine, Maria died in 1140, aged 3, before her mother became Queen of Bohemia and Hungary, she also died before her father became Grand-Duke of Tuscany and Holy Roman Emperor. Life